It's been a week since it was announced that as of Monday, January 11, the state of Georiga would be in phase 1-A and that vaccines were available at the county health office by appointment only.
Phase 1-a includes
- Healthcare providers: hospital staff, public health clinical staff, EMS and other first responders, long term care facility staff, and urgent care facility staff
- Adults 65-years-and-older
- Law enforcement and fire personnel
Initially, only District 2 of the state health department would administer the vaccine to the general public qualifying under group 1-A. But they were immediately flooded and overwhelmed by requests.
Thousands of at-risk and over 65 residents flocked to the provided link only to see that they couldn't make reservations. It appeared that every appointment in the three-month calendar was unavailable. It was never made clear if that were the case, the site was never made ready for use, or the system had become overwhelmed.
At this time, appointments still cannot be made via the site, although there is an announcement that appointments are full for the first two weeks. It is unknown how those people were able to obtain an appointment, with the site broken and phone lines overwhelmed.
Today, January 13, the county announced that vaccination 'events' would be held at area churches to facilitate getting the vaccines out. They anticipate being able to handle up to 600 vaccines a day, based on the current supply. The problem isn't the supply but the availability of people to administer the vaccine and the limitations placed on where the vaccine can be administered.
The problem will be further aggravated because both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will require a second dose in 21 or 28 days. But if they can't clear the current bottleneck by then, which is doubtful, how will those who received the first dose get the second dose?
Information on how and where to get the vaccine can be found here: